Best Bets - Week of September 22, 2003

Hide And Peek
Ikea’s latest offerings include this space-age swivel chair that, alas, is too small for us ($69).

1000 Center Drive New Jersey

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Zip Mode
A good, go-over-anything men’s sweater for fall is Banana Republic’s half-zip merino-wool number (in five colors; $88).

Banana Republic
Multiple locations. See store profile.

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Red Alert
The first handbags ever from Smythson of Bond Street include this tote. Mysteriously named the Portobello, it’s big enough to fit a laptop ($1,300, in tan, black, or red).

Smythson of Bond Street
4 W. 57th St.

Groove Thing
This men’s shirt by Seems has just enough decoration to be cool without being over-the-top ($150).

110 Eighth Ave.
212-243-9141 and 212-691-0636

Watch Out
Mini’s new watch, designed by Yves Behar, features a supercool, easy-to-read LCD display that can be switched from vertical to horizontal. There’s also a chronograph, timer, alarm, day/date, and backlight ($165).

MoMA Design Store
44 W. 53rd St.
81 Spring St.

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In The Fold
080 Studio’s tables look like softly draped fabric but are actually made of heat-formed acrylic and are quite sturdy ($875).

Jonathan Adler
465 Broome St.

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Shoe In
Michael Kors’s take on the wallabee is all about height, as witnessed in the comfy but sexy crêpe wedge heel. In slip-on (six color options) or lace-up (four color options, $195 ).

159 Mercer St.

Choice Seats
It’s hard to surreptitiously re-arrange seating cards when they specify a hair color, not a name. Can’t resist? Bring a wig to the party ($6).

E.A.T. Gifts
1062 Madison Ave.

Fully Vested
Tumi is more than just luggage. This vest—from a new collection—is made of Coolmax and Neoprene and has pockets galore for holding anything from digital cameras to doggie bags. In red, beige, or black ($150).

520 Madison Ave.

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Baby Tee
A NAP IS IN MY NEAR FUTURE and A SURPRISE WILL APPEAR IN MY PANTS are just a few of the funny fortunes printed on these baby T-shirts, packaged in Chinese-takeout boxes ($28).

Just for Tykes
83 Mercer St.

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Earth Tones
The ingredient list for Sundara paint sounds more like moisturizer than color for walls: citrus-peel extracts, essential and seed oils, tree resins, and beeswax. Developed by a team of decorative painters, this line of water-and-clay-based paints is environmentally friendly ($45 per gallon).

Sundara Painting

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Photographed by Andrew Mccaul.

Best Bets - Week of September 22, 2003